15 Tasting Notes
Presentation: The packaging was was very nice, sealed foiled bag with nicely written label. Brenden always leaves a nice note to his customers thanking them for their business. The leaves are a lovely golden color, many of the trichomes still cover the leaves.
Scent: Sweet, and Malty.
Flavor: The flavor was smooth, sweet and malty. It carried notes of caramel and was quite flavorful. It is very similar to Whispering Pines Golden Snail black tea that they offer.
Brew Method: Western: I weighed out 0.33g/oz of tea leaves with the brewing temperature set at 205F. I did two brews of this tea one for 3 minutes and the next for 5 minutes. My only concern was that the instructions on the packaging said to brew them at 212F, when in the past other golden bud black teas from Whispering pines would instruct 205F. The tea is great and I would recommend it for a tea lover’s cupboard.
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Smooth, Sweet
The leaves seem young as some still have trichromes on some of the buds. The color is a nice bright gold. The flavor is floral and sweet . On the second steep the floral flavor intensifies while the honey like sweetness plays a bit of catch up. The color grows a bit more copper. The third steep the floral and honey notes reach a balance . Over all this tea is very good.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet
This tea is awesome! I was lucky enough to snag two ounces from Whispering Pines when it went up for sale. When i opened the package the aroma hits you; true vanilla. But the vanilla isn’t over powering its just there to compliment the other flavors the Dian Hong and the Fujian Xiao Zhong have to offer. I would highly recommend this tea.
Flavors: Smooth, Vanilla
This tea is wonderful and full of flavor, it is rich and has a pleasant notes of honey. This is one of my favorite black teas. The leaves are spiraled and it has a nice amount of golden buds. The tea is decently priced !
I used the 2 grams of tea leaves to 6 oz of water recommendation. My pitcher on my tea maker reads in metric so I calculated the conversion to be 0.01127g (tea)/ mL. So for each scale mark on my pitcher I calculated the following:
500mL water = 5.64 g tea leaves
750mL water = 8.45 g tea leaves
1000ml water = 11.27 g tea leaves
1200ml water = 13.52 g tea leaves
I use a scale that can read to the nearest 100th of a gram or 10 milligrams.
Setting the temperature to 190F and time 1:30 min, I was able to get good flavor and 4 infusions out of my brew.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Smooth
The tea was very flavorful. It was my first yellow Tea I have ever tried. I followed the brewing suggestions on this site. The flavor is so unique I cannot place it by comparing it to green or black tea. This tea is in its own league and I would recommend it to anyone for a different experience of tea. I was able to get three infusions from the amount of tea I used. On a sidenote I had to use a tablespoon to measure out the tea due to the length of the leaves.